Literacy is a form of currency needed to navigate the world of knowledge through language (written and spoken), visual images, critical thinking, task-based discussion, goal planning and implementation. In its various forms literacy contextualizes society, and at the same time demands analysis, evaluation, and synthesis: strategies needed for making sense of the world. Adult education embodies corresponding skills and strategies geared particularly toward enhancing the life and economic well-being of the adult learner, responsibility in contextualized education (authentic, hands-on, experienced-based, and relevant to work, home, community; addressing personal goals and interests).
Lesson Plans for Reading/Writing
The Change Agent : a NELRC/WorldEd semi-annual publication with leveled lessons and articles written by adult learners. Accessible online with subscription.
- The White House
- Plimoth Plantation
- Mount Vernon
- Biltmore House
- BeijingForbidden City
- And other places—check one of these sites for “search”
Employability Integration with Literacy Acquisition
Adult Literacy—Additional Research/Resources
Greenberg, D., Pae, H. K., Morris, R. D., Calhoon, M. B., & Nanda, A. O. (2009). Measuring adult literacy students' reading skills using the Gray Oral Reading Test. Annals of Dyslexia, 59, 133-149. doi:10.1007/s11881-009-0027-8.
Hall, R., Greenberg, D., Laures-Gore, J., & Pae. H. K. (2012). The relationship between expressive vocabulary and reading skills for adult struggling readers. Journal of Research in Reading. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2012.01537.x
Pae, H., & Greenberg, D. (in press). The relationship between receptive and expressive subskills of adult English learners’ academic L2 skills: A multigroup approach. Reading Psychology.
Pae, H. K., Greenberg, D., & Morris, R. D. (2012). Construct validity and measurement invariance of the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III Form A in the performance of struggling adult readers: Rasch modeling. Language Assessment Quarterly, 9, 152-171. doi: 10.1080/15434303.2011.613504.
Pae, H. K., Greenberg, D., & Williams, R. S.(2012). An analysis of differential response patterns on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-IIIB in adult struggling readers and third-grade children. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 25, 1239-1258. doi:10.1007/s11145-011-9315-x
Taylor, N. A., Greenberg, D., Laures-Gore, J., & Wise, J. C. (2012). Exploring the syntactic skills of struggling adult readers. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 25, 1385-1402. doi: 10.1007/s11145-011-9324-9
Greenberg, D., Fredrick, L, Hughes, T. A., & Bunting, C. J. (2002). Implementation
issues in a reading program for low reading adults: A program designed to teach children and youth to read was used in two classes for adults. An explanation and description of the implementation, reports of learner progress, and the perceptions of the participants are discussed. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 45, 626-632.
Greenberg, D., Wise, J., Morris, R., Fredrick, L., Rodrigo, V., Nanda, A.O., & Pae, H. K. (2011). A randomized-control study of instructional approaches for struggling adult readers. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 4, 101-117. doi: 10.1080/19345747.2011.555288.
Rodrigo, V., Greenberg, D., Burke, V., Hall, R., Berry, A., Brinck, T., Joseph, H., & Oby, M. (2007). Implementing an extensive reading program and library for adult literacy learners. Reading in a Foreign Language, 19, 106-119.
Greenberg, D. (2008). The challenges facing adult literacy programs. Community Literacy Journal, 3, 39-54.
Greenberg, D., Wise, J. C., & Frijters, J. C., Morris, M., Fredrick, L. D., Rodrigo, V., & Hall, R. (2012). Persisters and nonpersisters: Identifying who stays and who leaves from adult literacy interventions. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11145-012-9401-8
TEXT COMPLEXITY: This topic addresses CCSS/CCRS Anchor Standard 10:
- Appendix B with suggestions from Kentucky for readings of interest to adults
- Videos on the Shifts in Reading/Language Arts through the CCSS/CCRS
Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki is a place to review research and contributions from the field, and to contribute and respond to discussion.
Adult Education Literacy Instruction: A Review of the Research (2010): Kruidenier, MacArthur, Wrigley, NIFL. Of 100 qualifying research studies reviewed, 40 studies strongly supported best practices in reading for ABE/ESL. FREE.
How to Teach Content to Adult Learners is a publication (2006) of resources and research findings in various topics including reading content. FREE.
Applying Research in Reading for Adults: First Steps for Teachers by S. McShane (2005) is classic in the field, outlining the various profiles of adult learners, as well as evidence-based strategies to support reading education. FREE.
Teaching Adults to Read outlines scientific research for evidence-based practices in teaching comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and alphabetics (phonemic awareness and word analysis), basic components of reading. FREE.